NASA shared an amazing picture of the Ring Nebula 2,000 light years away from Earth, you will be stunned to see!

NASA has shared an amazing picture on Instagram with the caption “Cosmic Flower in Bloom”. The image shows a flower-like shape in the middle of the Ring Nebula. This nebula is located about 2,000 light years away from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The image shows a halo around the planetary nebula that looks like flower petals and was captured by NASA’s now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope. The space agency said that the outer shell of this planetary nebula is made of material ejected from a dying star.

The Ring Nebula, known as M57, is the bright remnant of a Sun-like star with an apparent magnitude of 8.8. It was discovered in 1779 by the French astronomer Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix. The “ring” seen in the center of this nebula is a thick cylinder of glowing gas and dust surrounding the destroyed star. As the star begins to run out of fuel, its core will become smaller and hotter and boil away, destroying its outer layers, NASA said.

The Spitzer Telescope detected this nebula using its infrared array camera, detailing the outer regions, which look like petals. Spitzer can detect infrared light from hydrogen molecules, which absorb ultraviolet radiation from the star. Earlier photos taken by the Visible-Light Telescope show the inner glowing loop of gas around a typically fading star. The Ring Nebula is an easy target for amateur astronomers, as it is easily observable and is tilted toward Earth.

NASA launched the Spitzer Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, in August 2003. It was closed in January 2020. During the operation, Spitzer discovered a giant ring of Saturn, and revealed a system of seven Earth-sized planets around a star 40 light years away.<!–


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